Using the power of its 300+ members YCC collectively raises funds for projects, from commissions to installations, screenings and exhibitions, with the aim of opening and expanding artistic dialogue related to art in and out of Asia.
From 2016-2017 YCC focused on raising funds for select grassroots organisations in Hong Kong. From 2018 YCC will focus on funding projects across multiple mediums that connect London to Hong Kong and other parts of Asia.
Crucially, each project follows a social call. Topics addressed include anthropology and urbanism, gender and sexuality, mental health, and gender equality.
What: As artists engaged with anthropological research and new media, Zheng Mahler created a new video and sound walk that maps out key historical moments in Sham Shui Po. From the concreted-over stream that existed until the 1960’s on Nam Cheong Street to the Japanese POW camp during WW2, the work transplants the 19th century figure of the flanneur who strolled the boulevards of Paris and urges viewers to observe, both actually and virtually, the poetics of urban life.
Result: 113% funded in 48 hours.
Aim: raise 15,000 HKD to support 'Sailor Neptune' a group exhibition and series of projects at Neptune (Chai Wan, Hong Kong) investigating the relationships between fantasy and gender.
What: Throughout generations across Asia and beyond, Sailor Neptune is recalled as the queer character in the Sailor Moon manga series. Symbolically speaking, she may be considered the first lesbian archetype in one's childhood memory. Either on print or on TV, Sailor Neptune intimately appeared with her partner Sailor Uranus. Coincidentally, Uranian was the term used in the 19th century to refer to a person of a 'third sex' - originally, someone with "a female psyche in a male body" who is sexually attracted to men, and later extended to cover a number of other sexual identities. In Victorian times, the word Uranian was used to vindicate Gay emancipation by authors such as Oscar Wilde, Edward Carpenter and John Addington Symonds.
'Sailor Neptune', a group exhibition and series of projects at Neptune including Hong Kong and international artists such as Isabelle Ng, Angela Su and Christian Thompson, centred around the relationships between fantasy and gender and address: Do we perform who we are? Do we use costumes rather than clothes to define our mutant identity? Do we fantasise our gender?
Result: raised 100% of the funds in 5 days.
Aim: raise 23,000 HKD to support Oscar Chan's solo exhibition at Things that can happen (Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong) following his residency since February.
What: "Devils and demons do not exist only in myth. They live in people’s minds. The strongest devil that lives in my mind is fear."
Over the last two years, Oscar has been reconciling with his demons through art practice. During his time at Things that can happen, Oscar pushed himself out of his comfort zone, delving deeper into the relationship between the external world and the darkness within all of us, and the continuous psychological creation of one through the other. From 29 April 2017, Oscar sealed himself into the galleries of the space, daily habits fitting into the corners of the rooms, cutting himself off from our mediatised world, and engaged with the energies, shadows and voices that the site compelled. As an obsessive observer of his internal state, the oppressive confines of Things that can happen may call new demons to surface only to make way for a new experience of himself, the world and the Things that can happen.
Result: raised 139% of the funds 3 days before end of campaign.